T-Mobile has done a decent job rolling out it’s high-speed HSPA+ network, but it only has one product that supports it — a USB connection stick. It looks like that will change in September. According to Light Reading, T-Mobile and HTC are teaming up for an Android “superphone” that takes advantage of the network:
T-Mobile USA plans to launch the first smartphone for its newly upgraded evolved High-Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+) network in September.
The handset is understood to be the world’s first HSPA+ smartphone, and it will be the first phone that is made to handle T-Mobile’s upgraded 3G network with peak downlink network speeds of up to 21 Mbit/s. While that is the theoretical maximum speed, in the real world the data rates experienced on this smartphone will be closer to 10 Mbit/s.
According to several real-world tests, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network is faster than Sprint’s WiMax network. While the speeds can be comparable depending on the conditions, HSPA+ has proven to be much better at penetrating buildings than WiMax. Although HSPA+ is often referred to as 3.5G, it can be more effective than 4G WiMax.
I think I’ll hold onto my T-Mobile account until the end of the year to see how it all plays out. Would any of you be interested in an Android phone rocking HSPA+?